Issue Reports

March 20, 2012
Today, Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is unveiling the House Republican budget. In addition to ending the Medicare guarantee, their budget has broken the agreement made by Speaker Boehner last year as part of the Budget Control Act by setting spending levels below the level Republicans agreed to.
March 19, 2012
Two years after health care reform was signed into law, seniors are already seeing the benefits:  lower costs, improved quality, and additional benefits.  Democrats remain committed to strengthening and preserving Medicare for current and future beneficiaries, while Republicans continue to call for – and vote for – taking away these new benefits, ending the Medicare guarantee, and raising costs for seniors.
March 8, 2012
Two years ago this month, President Obama signed health care reform into law, providing Americans with new patient protections and greater health care freedoms. While Republicans have voted 14 times to repeal patient protections and put insurance companies back in control of health care without a comprehensive plan of their own, Democrats are committed to protecting the benefits health care reform provides Americans.  
March 6, 2012
Democrats are committed to an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that increases drilling safely and responsibly and invests in alternative energy technologies, such as those that harness energy from wind, solar, and biofuel sources.  Meanwhile, Republicans are protecting tax breaks for Big Oil and attempting to dismantle protections against speculation in the oil markets. Their “drill-only” approach to rising gas prices will not help American families.
February 28, 2012
After 420 days without a jobs plan, House Republicans are continuing their streak by not bringing any jobs bills to the Floor this week. Instead of putting forward a comprehensive jobs plan, Republicans are considering bills that have nothing to do with putting more Americans back to work or growing our economy.
February 14, 2012
This week, House Republicans are bringing a partisan highway bill to the Floor that destroys jobs, rolls back safety standards and does not meet our country’s infrastructure needs. Instead of working with Democrats on bipartisan legislation to rebuild and modernize our infrastructure, House Republicans have continued their ideological streak by hijacking a traditionally bipartisan issue and putting forward a partisan bill that destroys 550,000  American jobs and makes drastic cuts to surface transportation funding.
February 14, 2012
Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his budget for fiscal year 2013, which builds on the Blueprint for an America Built to Last that he laid out in his State of the Union address. This Blueprint aims to strengthen the economy and create middle class jobs by bolstering the manufacturing sector, a bright spot in our economic recovery. This focus on manufacturing complements House Democrats’ Make It In America plan – a plan to create jobs by cultivating an encouraging environment for businesses to innovate and make products here in the U.S.
February 8, 2012
Today marks 400 days since Republicans took control of the House majority and have not put forward a comprehensive jobs plan to help put more Americans back to work. After promising to focus on job creation and economic growth nine times since taking the majority, House Republicans have fallen short.
February 2, 2012
Over the past year, House Republicans have claimed over and over again that their focus is on jobs and the economy. Unfortunately, their record doesn’t match up with their rhetoric.
February 1, 2012
Instead of focusing on job creation or taking meaningful action on the deficit, House Republicans are considering partisan bills that change the longstanding rules about how the CBO does its work this week. These bills will not make the budget process more efficient and won’t do anything to bring down the deficit.
January 31, 2012
With less than a month left to take action on expiring items, Democrats are focused on extending middle class tax cuts and unemployment assistance, and fixing the Medicare physician pay rate. The American people cannot afford for Republicans to walk away from these expiring provisions like they did last December.
January 24, 2012
Tonight the President will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress, and discuss his “Blueprint for an America Built to Last,” a plan that will emphasize four pillars to support economic revitalization: American values, American manufacturing, American energy and skills for American workers. These pillars line up with House Democrats’ Make It In America plan, which aims to support job creation by cultivating an encouraging environment for businesses to innovate and make products here in the U.S.
January 19, 2012
One year ago today, Republicans passed a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and roll back the new freedoms for all Americans that the health care reform law provides. Since then, Republicans have voted fourteen times to repeal patient protections and put insurance companies back in control of health care, and have not put forward a new plan of their own to rein in costs and protect patients – despite their own promises to do so in their Pledge to America and a resolution instructing committees to report legislation replacing the Affordable Care Act.
January 18, 2012
As the second session of the 112th Congress gets underway, there is just over one month to take action on critical provisions to extend middle class tax cuts, unemployment assistance, and the Medicare physician pay rate. We do not have time for the political games House Republicans played last month, when they walked away from the American people, putting middle class tax cuts, unemployment insurance, and seniors’ access to their doctors at risk. Some Republicans have indicated they will change course this time around so we can get our work done – but actions speak louder than words, and it’s time for them sit down at the negotiating table and reach an agreement.
January 17, 2012
Today marks the beginning of the second session of the 112th Congress, and another opportunity for Republicans to abandon their ideological agenda and focus on jobs and reducing the deficit. Instead of putting forward a comprehensive jobs plan or taking meaningful action on the deficit, so far, House Republicans have led a do-nothing Congress.
December 20, 2011
Continuing the House Republicans’ pattern of walking away from compromise, they are refusing to hold a vote on the bipartisan Senate bill that will prevent a middle class tax increase as we continue to work on a year-long extension. We must give certainty to American families that on January 1 they will not see their taxes go up, they will not lose unemployment assistance, and seniors will not lose access to their doctors. By blocking a vote on the Senate bill, House Republicans will be responsible for increasing taxes on families and putting our economy at risk.
December 19, 2011
This evening, House Republicans are expected to oppose a bipartisan Senate bill to extend year-end items. Their opposition is risking a tax hike on middle class families, cutting off assistance to unemployed Americans, and seniors losing access to their doctors. Republicans should work with Democrats to pass the bipartisan Senate plan that extends these critical policies as we work on a full-year extension.
December 14, 2011
As we get deeper into December after a year of the Republicans’ do-nothing Congress and with much work left to do before adjourning, we hope you will enjoy our adaptation of a classic Christmas story.
December 13, 2011
The Republican-led 112th Congress has proven to be one of the least productive Congresses in recent memory. In 2007, when Democrats took back the majority and a Republican president was in the White House, more bills were passed and more than double the number of bills were signed into law. Republicans have also had fewer votes and Committee mark-ups and hearings.
December 13, 2011
As we look back on the first session of the 112th Congress, it’s clear that Republicans have taken little action on Americans top priorities: job creation, economic growth, and deficit reduction. With Christmas just a couple of weeks away and millions of children sending their Christmas lists to Santa, Democrats have put together our own wish list for next year.
December 6, 2011
It’s been nearly a year since Republicans took the House majority and they pledged to focus on Americans’ top priorities: creating jobs and growing our economy. But instead of working with Democrats on a bipartisan basis to put Americans back to work and address the deficit in a meaningful way, Republicans have led an unproductive year and focused on the wrong priorities.
December 1, 2011
With millions of Americans struggling to find work, Democrats are urging House Republicans to work with us on an extension of emergency unemployment benefits before they expire at the end of this year. With 6.5 million fewer jobs in the economy today than when the recession began and over four people seeking employment for every open position available, it’s clear our economy and millions of unemployed Americans are depending on an extension of these benefits.
November 29, 2011
This week, House Republicans will continue pursuing partisan legislation that will not create jobs or boost our economy. Rather than putting forward a comprehensive jobs plan, Republicans are wasting time on bills that have nothing to do with jobs and undermine critical consumer and environmental protections.
November 17, 2011
This week our nation celebrates American Education Week, a time to focus on our commitment to students and educators and rededicate ourselves to ensuring all Americans can receive a quality education. While Republicans have voted several times over the past year to make reckless cuts to education and job training, Democrats remain committed to making investments in our nation’s future. For example, just two months ago, the Obama Administration awarded Community College and Career Training grants, authorized by the Reconciliation Act of 2010, to community colleges to expand and improve education and job training programs and create pathways for people who are looking for employment.
November 17, 2011
This week our nation celebrates American Education Week, a time to focus on our commitment to students and educators and rededicate ourselves to ensuring all Americans can receive a quality education. While Republicans have voted several times over the past year to make reckless cuts to education and job training, Democrats remain committed to making investments in our nation’s future. For example, just two months ago, the Obama Administration awarded Community College and Career Training grants, authorized by the Reconciliation Act of 2010, to community colleges to expand and improve education and job training programs and create pathways for people who are looking for employment.